Memorials: And Other Papers, Bind 1

Ticknor & Fields, 1856

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Side 78 - With supple joints, as lively vigor led : But who I was, or where, or from what cause, Knew not; to speak I tried, and forthwith spake; My tongue obey'd, and readily could name Whate'er I saw.
Side 237 - If a man denied himself all specious arguments, and all artifices of dialectic subtlety, he must renounce the hopes of a present triumph ; for the light of absolute truth, on moral or on spiritual themes, is too dazzling to be sustained by the diseased optics of those habituated to darkness.
Side 84 - Here, though spirited, the horses were pretty generally gentle, and all had been regularly broke. My education was not entirely neglected even as regarded sportsmanship ; that great branch of philosophy being confided to one of the keepers, who was very attentive to me, in deference to the interest in myself expressed by his idolized mistress, but otherwise regarded me probably as an object of mysterious curiosity rather than of sublunary hope. Equally, in fact, as regarded my physics and my metaphysics,...
Side 78 - As thitherward endeavouring, and upright Stood on my feet: about me round I saw Hill, dale, and shady woods, and sunny plains, And liquid lapse of murmuring streams; by these Creatures that lived and moved, and walked, or flew; Birds on the branches warbling; all things smiled; With fragrance and with joy my heart o'erflow'd. Myself I then perused, and limb by limb Survey'd, and sometimes went, and sometimes ran With supple joints, as lively vigour led; But who I was, or where, or from what cause,...
Side 21 - The portals of the dawn; all paradise Could, by the simple opening of a door, Let itself in upon him...
Side 197 - THERE was one reason why I sought solitude at that early age, and sought it in a morbid excess, which must naturally have conferred upon my character some degree of that interest which belongs to all extremes. My eye had been couched into a secondary power of vision, by misery, by solitude, by sympathy with life in all its modes, by experience too early won, and by the sense of danger critically escaped. Suppose the case of a man suspended by some colossal arm over an unfathomed abyss, — suspended,...
Side 78 - Stood on my feet : about me round I saw Hill, dale, and shady woods, and sunny plains, And liquid lapse of murmuring streams ; by these, Creatures that liv'd and mov'd, and walk'd or flew ; Birds on the branches warbling ; all things smil'd With fragrance, and with joy my heart o'erflow'd.
Side 216 - Shakspeare was ; for the motions of his mind were slow, solemn, sequacious, like those of the planets ; not agile and assimilative ; not attracting all things within its own sphere ; not multiform : repulsion was the law of his intellect — he moved in solitary grandeur. Yet, merely from this quality of grandeur, unapproachable grandeur, his intellect demanded a larger infusion of Latinity into his diction.
Side 131 - Is India free? and does she wear her plumed And jewelled turban with a smile of peace, Or do we grind her still?

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